THE RHYTHM BOOK – ODD METERS and CHANGING METERS

This book is for you if:

• You have completed THE RHYTHM BOOK—Beginning Notation and Sight-Reading and THE RHYTHM BOOK— Intermediate Notation and Sight-Reading, or you have enough command of rhythmic notation that it is not an obstacle.

• You have completed THE RHYTHM BOOK—Rhythmic Development and Performance in 4/4, or have a solid foundation in 4/4 rhythmic practice. Although there is a lot you can get out of this book without having also completed THE RHYTHM BOOK—Crossrhythms in 4/4, you will get the most out of it by having either completed that book or already being well-versed in crossrhythms.

• You want to learn all about odd meters and changing meters and how to apply them in performance. • You are any age, an adult or young learner.

• You are a vocalist, or play any instrument (including horns, piano, guitar, bass, strings — NOT just drums and percussion instruments!). This book, and the following books in the series, are unusual in showing how rhythmic ideas connect to harmony and song form.

• You are taking music classes, studying with a private instructor, or are teaching yourself. • You are a music teacher who wants to teach rhythmic ideas to your students.

• You compose or would like to compose music, or write arrangements for others, and would like to incorporate odd meters and changing meters in your writing.

• You play or want to play any style of music. Odd and changing meters can be found in a wide variety of styles, and this book includes examples all the way from Fats Waller to the Mahavishnu Orchestra to Kirk Franklin, from Herbie Hancock to Béla Bartók to Chon to the Beatles, from Eastern Europe to Cuba to Africa.

Please note: Once you have completed this book, you will be ready for the final book in THE RHYTHM BOOK series: THE RHYTHM BOOK—Superimposition and Subdivision, Metric Modulation, Feel Modulation and Displacement.